Kennicott: in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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View from Kennicott Glacier Lodge

Angling for an Alaska adventure? Plan a trip to the heart of the nation’s largest national park: Wrangell-St. Elias.

The ghost town of Kennicott is the site of what was the world’s largest copper mine. It operated in the first third of the 20th century and included an extensive supply chain which stretched down the Copper River valley to Cordova and south to smelters in Washington State.

Today, the historic remnants of the mining district are in sharp contrast to the natural splendor of the area.

Stay at the Kennicott Glacier Lodge, on “Main Street” in Kennicott. You’ll take your meals family-style in a structure that’s built where the old barracks for mining company VIPs once stood. Explore the old mill building–or strike out on hikes around the area, including the Bonanza Mine high above town. It’s a tough hike–but the payoff is fantastic–a Million-Dollar View!

Videographer Scott Slone climbing out of a crevass.

Speaking of Million-Dollar Views, you should fly into McCarthy on Wrangell Mountain Air from Chitina.

It’s a great way to get a bird’s-eye-view of the Kennicott area, as well as some up-close views of awesome glaciers which surround it!

And while you’re at Kennicott, set aside some time to walk out on the glacier! Our friends at St. Elias Alpine Guides provide crampons and offer tips for walking on the glaciers themselves. In fact–you can try some ice climbing! Don’t laugh–it’s FUN!

Make plans now to visit Kennicott, in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Call (907)258-2350.

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